He was a pioneer of the electric bass guitar and possibly the first to record on it when he recorded with Art Farmer in He was the brother of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery and vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery. Born in Indianapolis, Indianainto a musical family, Monk had three brothers and a sister. His older brother Thomas played drums, and died at Monk gave his younger brother Wes born a tenor guitar when Wes was 11 or Wes took up the electric guitar at age 19 and went on to major success.
The youngest brother, Buddy born played piano and later took Always - Lionel Hampton - The Complete 1953 Paris Session the vibraphone. Their younger sister, Ervena Lena Venus - Various - RockNRoll Lovesongs, also played piano. Monk himself did not take up the double bass until he was 30, after hearing one of Wes' groups perform. The three brothers released a number of albums together as the Montgomery Brothers also playing together on some albums credited to Wes.
Also Buddy and Monk recorded many albums together in their group The Mastersounds. He is perhaps the first electric bassist of significance to jazz, taking up the Fender Precision Bass in or '53 after replacing Roy Johnson in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. In the s he took up Fender Jazz Bassplaying with a felt pick.
His professional career did not start until he was 30, and after his younger brother Wes. Monk worked in a foundry and played gigs on upright bass at night in Indianapolis. Wes worked for vibraphonist Lionel Hampton from —, Monk then worked for Hampton around —, with Hampton insisting he play the Fender bass, and not an upright.
Monk's recordings with The Art Farmer Septet on 2 Julyarranged by Quincy Jonesare possibly the earliest studio recordings of the electric bass, and display his facility with walking bass lines, bebop melodies, and Latin-style ostinato. Chuck Rainey said that Monk was the first electric bassist to record, in any genre.
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Monk toured and recorded in Europe with Hampton in late In he moved to Seattle to form The Mastersounds from to In —65 Montgomery played on two albums by The Jazz Crusadersand members of that band would go on to produce and play on his first two solo albums.
He had also been planning a world jazz festival. In he became the founding president of the Western Federation for Jazz. Montgomery died of cancer in Las Vegas on May 20, He had a wife, Amelia, three sons, and four stepchildren.
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